DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of a top Islamist party leader Monday for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence.
The International Crimes Tribunal, which is a domestic court, had found Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman guilty on five of the seven charges against him and sentenced him to death in May 2013.
This is the third verdict announced by the court’s appellate division in the war crimes trial.
Defense counsel Tajul Islam told reporters the lawyers for Kamaruzzaman would file a review petition soon.
The court had also upheld the death penalty for another Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla, who was hanged in December 2013.
Another leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi’s death sentence was converted to life imprisonment in September 2013.
Last week, the tribunal had also found senior Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami and Mir Quasem Ali guilty of war crimes and sentenced them to death last Wednesday and Sunday respectively.
The party has also announced its program of nationwide strikes against the verdicts.
The International Crimes Tribunal was established in 2009 to investigate war crimes committed in 1971. Bangladesh’s opposition parties and international organizations such as the Human Rights Watch have criticized the process and expressed concerns about the accused not getting a fair trial.
© 2014, Mainul Islam Khan. All rights reserved. – The views expressed here are purely those of the author and not necessarily those of the publishers. – Newstime Africa content cannot be reproduced in any form – electronic or print – without prior consent of the Publishers. Copyright infringement will be pursued and perpetrators prosecuted.
6,692 total views, 8 views today